E-LINE: Message to Laboratory Employees – Update on DOE Salary Freeze
As I noted in my e-line message to you on Dec.
17, Secretary Chu announced a two-year freeze on salaries for all exempt and non-exempt employees at the national laboratories, as well as other DOE sites and facilities. The following information outlines the details we have received thus far. We are working with DOE to obtain additional details and clarification and will share the information as it becomes available.
Per DOE instructions, the freeze becomes effective Jan. 1, 2011 and applies to all merit increases reimbursed under the contract for the next two years. This includes all:
-- Exempt and non-exempt (salaried, weekly and hourly) employees.
-- Salary range structure movement is also frozen.
The freeze does not apply to:
-- Approved fund for promotions and adjustments.
-- Increases in wages provided for in existing collective bargaining agreements.
-- Variable/non base pay (commonly referred to as a bonus).
New external hires are permitted during the salary freeze period. However, new external hires will not be eligible for salary increases beyond their initial salary while the salary freeze is in effect.
DOE has not indicated any intention to freeze other Lab benefits.
I know that the timing and impact of this decision is particularly difficult. Our Laboratory has submitted a number of questions and concerns to DOE. When we receive additional information, I will make sure that it is communicated to you.
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